Sometimes “NO” News is GREAT News (and sometimes it’s not)

Sometimes “NO” News is GREAT News (and sometimes it’s not)

I have a couple of pieces of news to share with you today! The test results that were supposed to come in on Tuesday didn’t get reported to us till Wednesday, but they were positively worth the wait. The biopsies of both the skin cells and the lymph node that Paul had extracted last week were negative. The melanoma was completely excised, and it did not spread. Paul will have more than 20 stitches and a […]

Paul’s PSA of the Day: Say Yes to Sunscreen

Paul’s PSA of the Day: Say Yes to Sunscreen

Today’s post was graciously approved by my husband, who will be spending this afternoon in outpatient surgery at UCLA Medical Center.  “So, the skin cancer they removed 2 weeks ago turned out to be a melanoma. So now I have to go back and get a larger chunk cut out (the black outline). They will need to replace the skin with a piece from my upper leg. Fun. All this because I didn’t wear sunscreen […]

Sunday Salon, September 21: Traffic, Tech, and Other Procrastinations

Sunday Salon, September 21: Traffic, Tech, and Other Procrastinations

What I’m reading in print / on screen Well, I’m sorry to report that I followed up a good reading week with a week in which very little reading of any kind happened. I spent yesterday afternoon catching up with my feed reader, and ’m hoping to spend some time today reading Reunion by Hannah Pittard so I can get a mostly-timely review done for Shelf Awareness. I’m in one of those stages where there are actually a lot of books I’d like to […]

My #BlogHer14 Takeaways: Sessions, Sponsors, Reactions, Conclusions

My #BlogHer14 Takeaways: Sessions, Sponsors, Reactions, Conclusions

Until this past weekend, my last BlogHer Conference was 2010’s, in New York City. There are various reasons why I hadn’t returned since then, but they boil down to the conference getting bigger as my connections within its various sub-spheres became fewer. While my interest was piqued by the announcement that ticket sales for 2014’s tenth-anniversary event would be capped at 2500 and that it would be held just 300 miles away in San Jose, I didn’t decide to […]

The BlogHer14 Highlight Reel, Part 2

The BlogHer14 Highlight Reel, Part 2

I was at a big convention-type gathering this past weekend…and it wasn’t San Diego Comic-Con. I attended my third BlogHer Conference, after a three-year absence. I’m doing a Storified recap of the experience, in the tradition of my BEA Highlight Reel, but I’m breaking it into two blog posts so it won’t take up quite as much space in your eyeballs, or your feed readers. (Part 1 posted yesterday.) BlogHer14, The Personal Highlight Reel Recapping my third (and probably last) […]

The BlogHer14 Highlight Reel, Part 1

The BlogHer14 Highlight Reel, Part 1

I was at a big convention-type gathering this past weekend…and it wasn’t San Diego Comic-Con. I attended my third BlogHer Conference, after a three-year absence. I’m doing a Storified recap of the experience, in the tradition of my BEA Highlight Reel, but I’m breaking it into two blog posts so it won’t take up quite as much space in your eyeballs, or in your feed readers. BlogHer14, The Personal Highlight Reel Recapping my third (and […]

The Empty Spaces: Picturing A Life Without Blogging (#Selfiebration)

The Empty Spaces: Picturing A Life Without Blogging (#Selfiebration)

I’ve talked about how “Creativity, Connection, and Confidence” are three reasons why I (still) blog. A new post/prompt for BlogHer’s Selfiebration comes at that from a slightly different angle: “How would your life look now if you hadn’t started blogging?” One thing that makes it hard to answer “what might have been” questions is that there’s a chicken-and-egg aspect to them: would you miss the things you think you’d miss if you’d never known them in the first place? There are so many […]

Ten Years Later: Celebrating Being Somewhere Else

Ten Years Later: Celebrating Being Somewhere Else

The most recent prompt for BlogHer’s 10th-anniversary “Selfiebration” asks “Where were you 10 years ago?” My response also ties into my Wordless Wednesday group’s theme for this week’s link-up, “Melancholy.”  I did not like where I was ten years ago. I didn’t like who I was ten years ago. Reflecting on those times as I wrote this brought some of that misery back so clearly that I had to stop, and I wasn’t sure I’d come back and finish it. The fact […]

“Si, sono vero.” Yes, They’re Real (Friends)

“Si, sono vero.” Yes, They’re Real (Friends)

Jenna Hatfield’s post for BlogHer’s 10th-anniversary #Selfiebration, “Don’t tell me they’re not real,” couldn’t have popped up in my feed reader at a more perfect time. It’s been a few days now since someone described a blogger get-together during BEA week as “the Twitter avatars come to life,” and the relationships in my life that were born online have been on my mind. As a socially-awkward sort with somewhat oddball interests and no talent for small talk—I’m fine once we know each other, […]

Good Day, and Welcome to Armchair BEA!

Good Day, and Welcome to Armchair BEA!

It’s Day One of the fifth annual observance of Armchair BEA! This virtual companion to Book Expo America is getting the jump on the real thing this year, but that gives us all a little more time to hang out and get to know each other. Here are my answers to five of this year’s Introduction questions. Please tell us a little bit about yourself: Who are you? How long have you been blogging? Why did […]

Throwback Thursday: Fear of Fifty, Revisited

Throwback Thursday: Fear of Fifty, Revisited

I am now two days away from the milestone I wrote about in this post from October 2012, so it was the obvious choice for this week’s Throwback Thursday. For the record, I’m somewhat less fearful of it now than I was then…and no matter how I feel about it, it looks like it’s about to happen anyway. Fear of Fifty; Or, Before I Forget Exactly 18 months from (September 29, the day I gave this […]

Sunday Salon: Birthday Week Begins!

Sunday Salon: Birthday Week Begins!

My mother-in-law is visiting from Oceanside this weekend to help us celebrate my birthday a week early (Spencer is with his mom next weekend, so we planned around that). That celebration turned out to be a surprise Saturday-night birthday dinner with my sister’s family and my dad at our favorite special-occasion restaurant, followed by a return to our house for one of my sister’s famous cakes. It was all orchestrated by my husband, and I neither expected nor suspected […]

Throwback Thursday: Nothing Else to Do

Throwback Thursday: Nothing Else to Do

During my first year or so of blogging, I was a semi-regular participant in a meme called “Ten on Tuesday.” It may even still be around, but when the prompts started getting repetitive, I stopped playing along; I’ve found that eventually happens with most memes, which is why I rarely do them now. (This Throwback Thursday thing’s a little different, though–it’s repetitive by design.) But I digress. I originally posted this list on September 18, […]

What’s Going On in the (Sunday) Salon, 1/12/2014

What’s Going On in the (Sunday) Salon, 1/12/2014

Since it’s a new year, I’m trying out a new format for my Sunday updates here in the Salon. I reserve the right to tweak or toss it without prior notice. What I’m Reading In Print I’m still working on my official “First Book of the Year,” The Book Thief–and I learned just yesterday that my sister is also in the middle of reading it. She usually posts her book reviews on Goodreads, but perhaps I’ll try to […]

Sunday Salon: One Last Time for 2013

Sunday Salon: One Last Time for 2013

Dateline:  Sunday, late morning/noontime, on the living-room sofa/at the kitchen desk. The windows are open, the breeze is blowing, and picture-perfect Tournament of Roses Parade weather is coming in. I’m puppy-sitting while everyone else is at the movies, because I decided to get some writing done instead of seeing The Hobbit a second time–two books need to be reviewed. The puppy is cooperating by taking a nap.  Thank you, Bellatrix (or as I sometimes call […]